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Lovely little Lawrence was the centre of one of the world’s largest ever gold rushes and that pioneer spirit still crackles through the air.

You can still soak up the heritage at the Chinese Gold Camp which is one of the most important sites of its kind in the country. Nearby is Gabriel’s Gully named after the first man to discover gold in the area back in 1861.

The Clutha Gold Cycle & Walking Trail starts or finishes in Lawrence. It is one of the great rides covering 73kms, it’s an easy grade trail and takes between 2-4 days to do.

Boutique shops, quirky characters, cafes and a wonderfully old fashioned museum line the town’s main street while the beautiful Bellview Wetlands are only a stone’s throw away, the perfect place to daydream.

The Weatherstons brewery may have long since closed but comes alive quite literally each spring with a delightful daffodil display across 25 acres. Thanks to the hard work of the local community it opens again for a spring spectacular just like it used to.

Lawrence is also where a local school teacher composed the music for New Zealand’s national anthem in 1876. He is buried in the town’s hilltop cemetery which is noted for its elaborate Victorian ironwork, Celtic crosses and Chinese section.

Oh and Lawrence and Waitahuna both have 9-hole golf courses.

There’s a real sense of community spirit in this historic town, they’ve even got their own website https://www.lawrence.nz/ or get in touch on www.facebook.com/lawrenceotagonz/

Things to do in Lawrence

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